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Opening Soon: Science4Refugees – Support to highly skilled refugee scientists

The Science4Refugees initiative is directed towards refugees researchers/scientists who have applied for and been granted asylum in a host country, which will enable them to continue their educational path or enter the labour market. Under the header "Science4Refugees" a number of initiatives will be brought together on the EURAXESS portal.

The objective of the call is to scale up these initiatives and bring them to a European level.


This action will support activities at the institutional, regional or national level to scale up their activities for refugees from a regional to a European level. These initiatives will give refugees researchers/scientists the opportunity to develop their knowledge and careers by improving their skills and experience.

The initiatives will have the potential to be scaled up to a European level during the implementation phase, with a take-up on the EURAXESS portal, eg. databases for language courses or webinars on entrepreneurship and other training needs.

Entities under this call should be those that have established initiatives (minimum 2 years) to support refugees researchers/scientists to update their skills and employability at the European labour market. Entities dealing with the first basic needs of refugees or educational needs for children, such as accommodation or clothing, are not considered eligible under this call.

Expected Impact:

provide financial and employability support to initiatives that support the integration of refugees into their new employment settings and culture, and to prepare refugees for the highly competitive and highly skilled job market. The visibility of these financially supported initiatives will be increased by making use of the EURAXESS Portal, giving them high EU visibility, dissemination & EU coordination support. In the medium term, the action aims at supporting research jobs and growth; it will increase the number of highly skilled workers who are sufficiently prepared to access the European labour market by using their newly gained skills and experience through the supported actions.

Total budget 2017: EUR 1 million
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 100 000 would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nevertheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Opening: 12 April 2017
Closing: 30 August 2017

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